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5 Fun Facts About May 28 In Alaska History

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1. On May 28, 1986, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry, M/V Malaspina, collided with a barge in dense fog near Ketchikan, Alaska. The accident resulted in the deaths of two crew members and significant damage to the vessel.

2. May 28, 1993, marked the 25th anniversary of the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The discovery led to the development of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and transformed Alaska's economy.

3. In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. Army began construction of the Alaska Highway, a 1,500-mile route connecting Dawson Creek, British Columbia, with Fairbanks, Alaska. The highway was completed in just eight months and played a critical role in the war effort.

4. May 28, 1987, saw the signing of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) by President Jimmy Carter. The legislation established a framework for settling land claims and distributing payments to Native Alaskan communities.

5. On May 28, 2003, Alaska Airlines Flight 328, a Boeing 737, made an emergency landing in Anchorage, Alaska, after the horizontal stabilizer on the tail of the aircraft broke off mid-flight. Miraculously, the crew was able to safely land the plane and all passengers and crew members survived.
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